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THE QUALITIES OF CONSULTATION G2 L21

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LESSON 21: THE QUALITIES OF CONSULTATION

When people come together to consult, they share their ideas with the purity of heart and radiant spirits. They all know that, in order to discover the right way forward, they must each contribute their thoughts and understanding. They speak courteously to one another and use kind and gentle words. More importantly, they know that they must listen carefully to one another and think about what each person is saying.It is in listening and thinking, not just speaking, that ideas come together; new and wonderful ideas are born. 

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

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You may wish to draw on the following ideas in presenting the quotation the children are expected to learn today:


When people come together to consult, they share their ideas with purity of heart and radiant spirits. They all know that, in order to discover the right way forward, they must each contribute their thoughts and understanding. They speak courteously to one another and use kind and gentle words. More important, they know that they must listen carefully to one another and think about what each person is saying. It is in listening and thinking, not just speaking, that ideas come together; new and wonderful ideas are born. Think of making a soup. Many different ingredients are put together in a pot, like carrots and beans, salt and water, and as they cook over the fire, all the separate things melt together into one whole and become a delicious meal for everyone to enjoy. In consultation, as all the participants share their thoughts lovingly, listen patiently and think carefully, with their hearts turned to God and confident in His blessings, the most beautiful ideas emerge. Of course, in the way ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke to others, we see the perfect Example of how people should consult together. He was detached, patient and humble. He always
encouraged others to talk and listened with calm attentiveness. He never argued or insisted on an idea. One friend who lived at the time of the Master wrote that He spoke “as if offering a gift to a king”. Imagine you were giving a gift to a king. With kindness and gentleness, you would present your gift. When we share our ideas with one another, we do the same, wherever we are, whatever we are doing—in our classes here together, with our family and friends, at home and school. To help us remember some of the beautiful qualities we try to show when we speak with another one, let us memorize the
following quotation:

They must then proceed with the utmost devotion, courtesy, dignity, care and moderation to express their views

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Proceed


1. Paulo saw that there was a large tree blocking the road ahead. He could not move forward because of the tree. He could not proceed.
2. After children finish their classes for Grade 1, they move on to those for Grade 2. After Grade 1, children proceed to Grade 2.

Devotion


1. When Soraya prays, she shows her love for God and her wish to follow His teachings. When she prays, Soraya shows her devotion to God.
2. Mark gets up early every morning and works hard all day. Mark shows great devotion to his work.


Dignity


1. When Lillian recites prayers, she sits up straight and uses a calm, clear voice, knowing
that the Word of God is precious. When Lillian says prayers, she shows dignity.
2. Amos was playing a game with other children, and one of them knocked him over by
mistake. Amos did not get upset and told his friend not to worry. Amos responded with dignity.


Moderation


1. The human body must have the right amount of nourishment. If we eat too much or too
little, our bodies will not be healthy. We must eat with moderation.
2. Bhojraj likes to ride his bike very fast down the hill. His mother told him to slow down or
he might fall and hurt himself. Bhojraj’s mother wants him to use moderation when
riding his bike.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Now explain to the children that you are going to tell them a story that will help them understand the importance of exercising moderation in one’s speech.


During His visit to the West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and a group of friends met with a man who was writing an article about the Bahá’í Faith. The man had many long and complicated questions, mainly about the history of the Faith. Throughout the interview, the Master sat quietly, listening with patient attention to the man’s inquiries. Now, his questions were
quite lengthy indeed, and the man seemed to talk on and on. He did not seem to realize the importance of moderation. Only every so often did he pause long enough for others to say a few words, sometimes no more than a yes or no.

Most of the friends in the room grew impatient—but not ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He sat perfectly relaxed, His eyes full of love and understanding. If the man hesitated for a moment, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke briefly in reply to his question and then waited courteously for him to continue.
At last the man finished speaking, and there was a long silence. Then ‘Abdu’l-Bahá addressed the man with great dignity and care. His melodious voice filled the air. In only a few short minutes, the man was transformed. His heart had been touched by the Master’s gentle and loving words. Now he could see the spirit of the Faith. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rose, warmly embraced the man, and walked with him to the door. At the doorway He paused. A large bunch of roses brought by one of the friends had caught His eye. So large was the bunch and so long the stems that they had to be placed in a stand for umbrellas. No vase was big enough to hold them. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gathered the flowers in His arms and presented them to His guest. The man’s head could barely be seen peeking out above the mountain of flowers, but the joy radiating from his face could not be missed. Sometimes a few words said with thoughtful care are all that is needed.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
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After carrying out some warm-up exercises, similar to those in previous lessons, the children can undertake the following activity, which is intended to help them think about the qualities mentioned in the quotation they memorized earlier.
First ask the children to imagine they are offering a gift to a king or queen. How do they hold the gift? How do they approach the king or queen? What tone of voice do they take? What words do they choose? Then divide the children into pairs, and have one child in each pair pretend to be the king or queen and the other the gift-bearer. They can then switch roles. Afterwards, gather the children together and ask them some questions:

How did they show courtesy?

How did they demonstrate care?

What did it mean for them to conduct themselves with dignity?

Help them think through how their words and actions became a reflection of these qualities.
Next ask the pairs to improvise a few short scenarios, in which they will demonstrate the
same qualities discussed above. You should think of some situations suited to the capacity of the students in your class. For instance, one child could pretend to be an older brother or sister helping a younger sibling in his or her efforts to learn a short quotation by heart.

In another scenario, two children could be trying to decide what game to play—one wanting to play a particular game and the other wanting to play something else. With your help, the pairs can embellish the scenarios with the relevant details before acting them out.

Remind them, as they do so, how they spoke and acted when offering the gift to the king or queen.

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CRAFT IDEAS
LISTENING: HAVE YOU EVER MADE A “TELEPHONE” OUT OF TIN CANS AND A PIECE OF TWINE?

Well, you really need to know how to listen and take turns talking for the telephone to work. 

Materials:

  1. Two empty  cans (like one’s canned pears or beans come in) 
  2. Twine, about 3 to 4 meters. Longer is even more fun

Instructions

Make a hole in the bottom of each can 

Pass the twine from the bottom to the inside of the can and tie in a knot. ( the knot is inside the can) do the same for the other can. 

now stretch the twine out by holding on to and moving the cans apart. Hold the can to your ear to listen, or to your mouth to speak.

Here is a website where they made the telephones with fruit cups

Make some talking lips and start consulting!
Based on the story, make a rose, then combine everyone’s roses and give as a gift to someone.
Make a prayer book with all 7 prayers from grade 2

Today was a celebration of all the things we learned over the last 21 lessons of Grade 2 – wow! Over this past year, we have worked our way through 7 different themes: PRAYER, OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S LAWS, SEEKING KNOWLEDGE, LIVING IN HARMONY, BEING A GOOD FRIEND, SERVICE AND CONSULTATION.

All of them represent patterns of conduct, that show the inner qualities of the virtues we studied in Grade 1. It’s been quite a journey.

To remember the 7 prayers the children have memorized as part of these lessons, You can compile them, if you have not already done so, into a special prayer book.

It is suggested that you review with the children the quotation they memorized earlier today, before asking them to recite the two below they learned in Grade 1 related to sincerity and detachment:


We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

Know that thy true adornment consisteth in the love of God and in thy detachment from all save Him . . .

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THE BENEFITS OF CONSULTATION G2 L20

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LESSON 20: THE BENEFITS OF CONSULTATION

True consultation leads to greater understanding and is a source of good and well-being.

iI is important to have frank and loving consultation on all matters, in the context of fostering unity in the Bahá’í community. Bahá’í consultation can be understood as the collective search for truth. Participants in consultation see reality from different viewpoints and, as these are expressed and discussed with the purity of motive and radiant spirits, clarity emerges. In this way, we are able to gain insight and understanding and find solutions to problems that we might not otherwise discover. Consultation provides the opportunity for us to approach situations and challenges in new ways and opens up
new possibilities for fruitful action. In this respect, whether concerned with reaching a specific decision, solving a problem, or simply analyzing an issue, consultation is one of the most powerful instruments for building unity, both of thought and of action.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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The ideas below will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they are expected to learn today:

We know that all of creation- the entire universe and all that is in it-is held together by the force of love. Everything is connected into a beautiful whole, and humanity is like one family. Unity and harmony are part of creation. And when we come together to consult and share ideas, we are able to understand the world around us better and better. We see its unity and harmony, and we become more and more united in our thoughts and understanding. Sometimes we may need to talk for a long while to see a united way forward; other times we see the path more quickly. And with our thoughts and views united, we are able to make better and better plans and to carry them out more and more effectively. We all understand what we need to do. That is how consultation enables great things to be achieved.

In the same way that the strength of several people, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us, is greater than the strength of one person, it is better to have the views and ideas of many people than just one. Through the coming together of views, solutions are revealed; truth can be seen. For example, ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains, if the people of a village consult about their affairs, the right solutions will surely be made clear to them. To help us remember that true consultation is the source of good and well-being, let us memorize the following quotation:

Say: no man can attain his true station except through his justice. No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation

Bahá’u’lláh
MEANING OF WORDS
Station

In some places, the king is considered the foremost person in the land. The king holds the highest station in the land.

To tell lies or speak badly of others is not noble conduct. It is beneath the high station that God has given us.

Power

Lucien’s flashlight cannot give light without a battery.  The flashlight draws its power from the battery.

The cart that Delara’s family uses to take grain to the market is very heavy and is pulled by two large horses. One horse alone does not have enough power to pull the cart.

Welfare

A mother lion cares for her cubs. She shelters them, protects them, and teaches them to find food. She sees to their welfare until they are grown.

During the storm, the first thing Miad did was to make sure that all of the children were in a safe place. The welfare of the children was Miad’s first concern.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A story about the benefits of consulting

Not long ago, in a country where many people farmed the land, heavy rains caused flooding across an entire region. The rivers overflowed their banks and the flood waters destroyed houses, bridges, schools, roads, and fields, sweeping away the crops that had been planted. When the floods were over, most people were left with nothing. They had no homes, and there was little food.
Now, the Bahá’ís who lived in other parts of the country, knowing that the people of the region were suffering, came together to consult to find a way to assist. They realized, of course, that the people needed food. But, as the Bahá’í friends discussed the matter, it became clear that it would not be enough to simply send food. It would be important for the people to be able to grow crops again. How could they help this to happen?
If they could only get seeds, the people of the region could farm and grow food for themselves as they had done before the flood. Everyone could see that this would be a good way for them to help. So what did they do? They decided to use money contributed by their community to buy many tons of corn seeds. Trucks were piled high with sacks of seeds and transported to the areas that had been worst affected by the floods. The people expressed joy and gratitude, singing and playing drums. With these seeds, they could start farming again, and in spite of the suffering caused by the floods, everyone felt hopeful, strong, and happy.

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Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
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Begin this period by having the children do select warm-up exercises in their imaginary squares. You can then help them carry out a large-group improvisation, which will serve to strengthen their understanding of the nature of true consultation. First, ask each of the children to create a character by thinking of someone who might live in a village.

You can help them by asking each one, “Who are you? How old are you? What are you wearing? What are you doing?” Once they have all decided on a character, the story begins. It takes place in a village, and this is what happens:

SCENE 1

The story opens with a scene from an ordinary day in the life of the village. The children pretend to carry out activities related to their characters. Everyone in the village is well fed and happy. They work hard and enjoy life.

Allow the children a few minutes to improvise the scene and then call out “Freeze”. You can then introduce scene two.

SCENE 2

A fierce hurricane hits the village. Everyone runs for shelter. The children can pretend they are trying to save their possessions and help one another.

Again, allow the children enough time to elaborate on the scene, then call out “Freeze” and introduce scene three.

SCENE 3

The hurricane has passed and the villagers emerge from their shelters. No one has been hurt but most of the village has been destroyed. The villagers try to salvage what is left of their belongings. Their efforts are in vain; almost everything has been lost. They are upset but do not bemoan their situation. They come together to consult about what to do next.

Encourage the children to remember their characters and to make suggestions about how to rebuild the village. Give them time to come up with different ideas. At the end of the consultation, they set about working to make the village even better than before.

After the children have improvised the scene, call out “Freeze” and present the final scene.

SCENE 4

The village has been rebuilt, thanks to the hard work of all the inhabitants. And, to everyone’s delight, it is even better than they could have imagined. The villagers gather together and celebrate.

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CRAFT IDEAS
BASED ON THE STORY:

We can also send seeds to people: try making some seed paper.

This website has good instructions

here is a video showing how to make seed paper

Based on the quote where we know that the strength of many is better than the strength of one:
  1. Get popsicle sticks (large ones are great).
  2. Write the name of family members, or community members or friends or any combination of these
  3. Decorate the sticks as you like
  4. Tie with a ribbon to symbolize we are held together with love
Based on Story: express your joy

In the story, the community expressed their joy by playing the drums. If you also like to express yourself with music, why not make your own instruments or even just drums?

See this website for easy-to-make instruments

comic book template

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love . . .

 Baha’u’llah

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself

Bahá’u’lláh
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Family Consultation — Practice consulting with your family.

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ENLIGHTENING UNDERSTANDING G2 L19

LESSON 19: ENLIGHTENING UNDERSTANDING

These next 3 lessons are all about ‘consultation’ and how consultation leads to greater understanding. When we consult, we come together in search of truth, discussing possibilities, talking over ideas and sharing understanding. All the participants contribute in whatever way they can so that a unified vision of the way forward can emerge.

How and when can use the gift of consultation? 

As we continue to read and learn through prayer, quotes, songs and stories we will be able to better answer some of these questions

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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The following ideas will assist you in presenting the quotation that the children are expected to memorize today:

We have thought a great deal about the importance of showing our love for God through service to His loved ones. We try to contribute to the betterment of the world in all we do and to manifest at all times those qualities that help us to serve. We have God’s teachings to guide us, and we are all working together to build His kingdom on Earth. Sometimes, of course, we do not know how best to move forward, but God has given us a most wonderful gift to help us learn little by little how to put His teachings into practice and follow His Divine guidance. It is the gift of consultation.
When we consult, we come together in search of truth, discussing possibilities, talking over ideas, and sharing understanding. All the participants contribute in whatever they can so that a unified vision of the way forward can emerge. We can use the tool of consultation to help us with all matters, great or small. We know that, as we take action, reflect on our efforts, discuss what we have learned in a loving and prayerful manner, and study God’s teachings and His creation, the path that lies ahead will become more and more illuminated. In this way, consultation is like a lamp that guides us to greater and
greater understanding.
During His travels in the West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had the occasion to observe the discussions of a group that had come together to make some important decisions for their country. He was not impressed by what He saw. In this meeting, He said, fighting and arguing ruled the day. It had become a battleground, with everyone standing in opposition to the others, trying only to promote their own ideas and opinions. They had lost sight of their objective, which should have been to see the truth of the matters before them. The result was mostly confusion and turmoil. True consultation, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained, is spiritual conference and not the mere voicing of personal views in opposition and debate. To help us remember to rely on consultation to lead us to greater understanding, let us memorize the following quotation:

Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding

Bahá’u’lláh
MEANING OF WORDS
Exert every effort

Collis and his family lived in the countryside.  He was tired from tending the crops but worked hard to finish the day’s work.  He exerted every effort to finish the work before the end of the day.

The teacher spent many hours working with students to make sure they know their lessons well.  The teacher exerted every effort to help her students.

Understanding

Amelia read the lesson twice.  However, only after her sister explained the lesson to her did she gain the necessary understanding.

Arnold’s mother always spoke to him about the importance of unity, but his understanding grew as he made friends with children of many different backgrounds and experienced unity firsthand. 

Strain every nerve

To climb to the top of the mountain required all of Franco’s strength.  He had to strain every nerve to reach the top.

The jar was closed very tightly, and though Zayn strained every nerve, he as unable to open it.

Accomplishments

The old man never talked about his past, even though he had done much during his life.  He was a humble man and never spoke about his accomplishments.

The discovery of fire was one of humanity’s earliest accomplishments.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

The story today shows how consultation can be like a lamp, guiding people through difficult problems, leading to new solutions, greater understanding, and wonderful outcomes.

This story is about something that happened not too long ago in a Baha’i community in a very big city in Europe.

It was an exciting time for the Baha ‘is. They had prepared themselves well and were at last ready to start a special project to invite the people of their city to join them for devotional gatherings, study circles, and classes for children and junior youth. To make a plan, all the friends  came together and consulted. They decided to form teams that would be able to move around the whole city, going to different neighborhoods to tell people about the various activities and invite them to take part.

As the meeting finished and the friends were going home, a few flakes of snow began to fall from the sky. No one thought much of it until after a couple of days, when the whole of the city was covered by a huge blanket of snow! It was quite unexpected and everyone in the city was taken by surprise. All the schools were closed because the teachers and children could not get there through the heavy snow. Shops were closed because the shopkeepers could not reach their shops. Buses and trains had stopped running and cars were stuck with so much snow covering them that you could not even see them. No one could travel anywhere in the city.


So a few of the Baha ‘is consulted again about what to do. Here were all these wonderful plans that just could not be carried out. At first everyone felt very sad and discouraged. What was to be done? Should they give up? How could the obstacle of the snow be turned into an advantage? As they prayed together and consulted about these ideas, a new plan came to light.


“If the friends can’t leave their homes to travel across the city, why don’t we all visit the people who live right next to us, on our own streets  or in our own apartment blocks?” said one of the friends.
“That’s right!” exclaimed another, “We wouldn’t need any transport-no car or bus or train-we would just need to put on our warm boots and take a few steps through the snow!”


Everyone began to get excited about this new plan. As soon as the consultation finished, they telephoned all the teams to share with them this new idea.  The friends were delighted! They had not thought about this possibility before, but visiting their neighbors and inviting them to join activities seemed like the perfect thing to do. Now the project could go forward! Everybody was able to carry out the plan and their hearts were filled with joy.


The people receiving visits in their homes were very happy, too, that their Baha’i neighbors were visiting them during this difficult cold winter. One family said that their children would like to come to children’s classes, but even without snow it was hard for them to travel around the city. So they decided to start a new class in their own home and invite their relatives and neighbors.


Because of the visits these teams made to people who lived close to them, within a short time, many new friends joined devotional gatherings and study circles, and four new children’s classes, just like the one we are having today, were started.

Draw any part of the story
DRAMA / GAMES
You can begin this period with selected warm-up exercises. Then explain to the children that the next activity will help them think about how consultation can guide us and lead us to insights we might not gain alone.

Ask the children to imagine they live in a small village in a large kingdom. One night, the king arrives riding an animal no one has ever seen before, called an elephant, and he camps just outside the village. The villagers hear about the king’s arrival, and are so curious to find out more about the elephant that they send a group of six young people out to the camp immediately, giving them a lamp to guide them through the dark, moonless night. Six children from your class can be asked to assume the part of the youth. When they arrive at the camp, everyone is already sleeping, and they put out the lamp so as not the wake the king. Now they cannot see a thing! But they can hear some strange noises coming from the edge of the camp and they follow the noises, thinking this must be the elephant:

The first person is in such a hurry that he runs straight into the side of the elephant. He spreads out his arms and feels the wide side of the elephant and decides it is like a wall.

The second person waves his arms about in the air, and suddenly grasps the elephant’s trunk. It feels like a snake to him, and he notes his discovery.

The third person touches the elephant’s tusk. It is hard and smooth and has a pointed tip. She decides that an elephant is like a spear.

The fourth person feels along the ground and finds one of the elephant’s legs. As she touches its rough skin, the elephant stomps its foot. So she thinks that an elephant is like a tree trunk that bends and can bang on the ground.

The fifth person reaches out and happens to grab the elephant’s tail. He decides that an elephant is just like a small bit of rope.

The sixth person runs up to the side of the elephant and feels a kind of breeze from the flapping of the elephant’s ear. She reaches out and touches the ear and decides that an elephant is like a living fan. Then she rushes to join the others, and they all head back to the village.

Now ask the children to pretend they are back in the village. At first there is confusion, as each person repeats what he or she has found. Then, an old man happens by and reminds them that if they consult they might get a better idea of what an elephant really looks like. Taking turns, everyone explains what he or she felt to the villagers, who can be played by other children in the class. You can guide the children through the enactment of what happens next:

All agree that the elephant is covered with rough skin and that it must be very large, for none of the youth could feel its back or the top of its head. They also know that the king rides the elephant, so they think it probably has four legs like a horse or camel or other animals that people ride. They realize that the “tree” was the only part of the elephant that rested on the ground and decide that this must be what its legs are like. Then they realize that the “rope” and the “snake” were at opposite ends. They suggest that one is a nose and the other a tail. And they think that the “fans” and “spears”, which were so close to the “snake”, might well be ears and teeth. As they discuss what they know and what they have learned, they slowly piece together a picture of the elephant as a very large animal with broad sides and rough skin, four thick legs and two very long teeth, a small tail and very long nose, and two big floppy ears. The next day, when the king rides through the village atop the elephant, they are delighted to see that the creature walking in front of them was exactly like the one they had drawn the night before.

CONTENT COMING SOON

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THERE IS A SONG IN DAYSPRING MAGAZINE THAT GOES LIKE THIS:

Consultation means Finding out What everybody Is thinking about.
You listen to them. And they listen to you. Then you all do What most of you Want to do!

LETS FIND OUT WHAT EVERYONE IS THINKING ABOUT

Use the template below and draw or write what you are thinking about or anything you are thinking about.

MAKE LISTENING EARS

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TAKE A VOTE AS TO WHAT YOU ALL WANT TO DO

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MAKE A POP UP CARD WITH ALL THE WORDS FROM THE QUOTE.

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MAKE A LAMP OF GUIDANCE

Lots of different templates for lamps. Here is a link to a “lamp” made with a mason jar and lights from a dollar store

You could have the children recite the two quotations below that they learned in Grade 1, one related to humility and the other to thankfulness after they have reviewed the quotation they memorized in this lesson.

O Son of Man! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee

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Be thou happy and well pleased and arise to offer thanks to God, in order that thanksgiving may conduce to the increase of bounty.

`Abdu’l-Bahá
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ENGAGING IN CONSULTATION SET 7

WELCOME TO SET 7 ENGAGING IN CONSULTATION

The three lessons in this set are:

  1. Lesson 19: ENLIGHTENING UNDERSTANDING
  2. Lesson 20: THE BENEFITS OF CONSULTATION
  3. Lesson 21: THE QUALITIES  OF CONSULTATION

THE PRAYER WE WILL BE MEMORIZING IS:

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!”

Each lesson will have a different quote to memorize:

Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding

Bahá’u’lláh

Say: no man can attain his true station except through his justice.  No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation

Bahá’u’lláh

They must then proceed with the utmost devotion, courtesy, dignity, care and moderation to express their views

Abdu’l-Baha
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WORKING IN A SPIRIT OF SERVICE G2 L18

WELCOME

LESSON 18: WORKING IN A SPIRIT OF SERVICE

As we grow up, we each become engaged in different kinds of work and make an effort to learn the skills and abilities, knowledge, and qualities, we need to serve. Be it as a farmer, a doctor, a teacher, a scientist, a musician, or a factory worker. You too will need to think about how you will contribute to the welfare of society as you grow older.

With this introduction, the children then brainstormed some ideas of possible occupations and specifically, what professions they would like to carry out – we had it all, from zoo keeper to fashion designer, to ornithologist – there are so many options out there!

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

This is the last lesson to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
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With love and kindness, joy and eagerness, we work diligently throughout our lives, striving to contribute to the good of those around us. As we grow up, we each become engaged in different kinds of work and make effort to acquire the skills and abilities, knowledge and qualities, we need to serve. There are many things that must be done in this world, and each person must determine how best to apply the talents and capacities he or she has been given by God. Think of the farmer who works from early morning until evening to produce the food others need to survive; think of the factory worker who lends his or her skills to the manufacture of goods that will benefit many; the schoolteacher devotes his or her days to helping young students learn to read and write; the musician practices for hours upon hours in order to create music that will bring joy to the hearts of others; the scientist spends a lifetime observing the universe and looking for patterns in its workings, to make discoveries that will lead to new understanding and that will give rise to new technologies. The Baha’i Writings tell us that work done in the spirit of service is accepted by God as worship.

You, too, will need to think about how you will to contribute to the welfare of society as you grow older. There will be many ways that you can apply the talents and capacities God has given to you, and as you make effort and work diligently, Divine confirmations will reinforce you, and you will begin to see more and more possibilities to serve others. You will, of course, continue to study and learn and will strive to achieve excellence, whatever path you take in life. Even the Baha’is who followed Baha’u’llah into exile from His homeland and who had little means learned the art of making rush mats. It was ‘Abdu’l-Baha who found an instructor to teach them this skill, a skill which He Himself had earlier acquired. During His travels in the West, ‘Abdu’l-Baha explained to one of the friends: “. . . it is incumbent upon every soul to acquire a trade and an occupation. For example, l know how to weave or make a mat, and you know some other trade. This, in itself is an act of worship, provided that it is conducted on the basis of utmost honesty and faithfulness.” To remember the importance of engaging in some form of work, in a spirit of service to humanity, let us memorize the following words of Baha’u’llah:

It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation – such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God

Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
incumbent

Every parent must be responsible for making sure that their children receive an education. It is incumbent upon parents to see to their children’s education.

It is incumbent upon every person to pray each day.

Engage

Jacob’s brothers all have different jobs. One is an electrician, one is a fisherman, one is a teacher, and one is a painter. Each of Jacob’s brothers is engaged in a different occupation.

Each day, Marwan goes to school, assists her brother with his studies, practices playing football, and helps with the household chores. Throughout the day, Marwan engages in many activities.

Occupation

Ariadne spends most of her time looking after her family-caring for their home, tending to their well-being, and making sure they have what they need. Ariadne’s main occupation is the care of her family.

Penelope is an architect. She spends her days designing apartment buildings in which families live. Penelope is an architect by occupation.

Rank

Firefighters must always follow the orders given to them by the head of the fire department. The head of the fire department holds the highest rank in the department.

After many years of wood-working, Alberto became very skilled in carpentry.  He achieved the rank of Master Carpenter.

Worship

Once a week, Miguel’s parents invite their neighbors to their home to pray for the well­ being of their village and their families and to offer gratitude to God. They gather together to worship and praise God.

In every part of the world, one finds special places where people gather to give praise and thanks to God. People go to these places to worship God together.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
The story below, about a young man named Muhammad who grew up in ‘Akka in the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, will help the children to see the joy that working hard to achieve excellence brings.

In ‘Akka, ‘Abdu’l-Baha had organized a small school for the Baha’i children who lived in the Holy Land. There were very knowledgeable Baha’is in ‘Akka at the time, so the children had the opportunity to learn from a most wonderful group of teachers. Among the subjects taught at the school was calligraphy, which is an art highly esteemed by Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. It is the art of writing profound and meaningful phrases, poems and tablets in a most beautiful way, almost as if they were paintings.

On Thursday afternoons the children of the Baha’i school had a special bounty. Each would take the best piece of calligraphy he or she had written during the week and show it to ‘Abdu’l-Baha who would inspect it, praising and encouraging the child as He saw fit. If the calligraphy piece was particularly well done, He would write a short sentence of praise at the bottom of the paper in His own handwriting. For the children, a sheet ennobled by ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s handwriting was a treasure they would cherish for the rest of their lives.

One year, there was a young boy of twelve or thirteen in the school who was intelligent, but eager to avoid unnecessary exertion. He loved to play and, as a result, did his homework hastily and poorly. Now this young boy, whose name was Muhammad, had an ardent desire to win the good pleasure of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. But when it was time to sit down and practice his calligraphy, he would get the urge to go out and play. Then one week Muhammad managed to show tremendous willpower. He worked hard, and when Thursday came, he presented to ‘Abdu’l-Baha a very nice piece of calligraphy. The Master was delighted and wrote at the bottom of the sheet words of commendation.

As you can imagine, Muhammad was beside himself with happiness. He looked at the handwriting of ‘Abdu’l-Baha under his calligraphy, convinced he was the most fortunate boy in the whole universe. “Why could I not do this every week,” he thought, “and receive this honor every Thursday?” So the next week he tried again, but unfortunately his willpower was not strong. He did not produce a single piece of calligraphy that could possibly win ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s approval a second time. Then Muhammad said to himself, “‘Abdu’l-Baha is so busy. He has so many things to do. He would never remember the calligraphy of a little boy.” So he took a fine pair of scissors and cut off the bottom of the sheet that he had presented the week before, removing ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha’s words of praise. You can see what Muhammad’s intention was. He was going to show the same piece of calligraphy to ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha again. This was a blameworthy act, although Muhammad had always been a truthful and trustworthy child. He tried to forget his plan, but could not. His mind had been poisoned by a dishonest thought, and he was not strong enough to overcome it.

On Thursday afternoon, Muhammad stood in line with the calligraphy piece from the previous week in his hand. He was already feeling the pangs of remorse. He was so ashamed of himself that he could hardly look at ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Then finally, his turn came. As always, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was loving and kind. But, of course, the moment He saw the calligraphy. He knew what had happened. How do you think the Master reacted? Did he announce Muhammad’s wrongdoing to his companions and shame him before the others? Not at all.  With great love, but also with unmistakable firmness, He noted how closely the piece of calligraphy matched the one that Muhammad had presented the week before. He said no more, but patted the boy in such a way that made it perfectly clear to Muhammad that ‘Abdu ‘1-Bahti realized what he had done.

Download the story as a PDF here

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

As always, have the children stretch in their imaginary squares as warm-up and then carry out one or two other exercises from the previous lessons. Then explain to them that the next exercise will help them to think about how they can serve humanity as they grow up.

Ask the children to sit silently for a few moments and imagine what kind of work they might want to do in the future. Once each child has an idea in mind, call on them one by one to stand up and act out some of the tasks involved in the work they have chosen. For example, if one child hopes to be a doctor, he or she might pretend to examine a patient; another might think of being a teacher and pretend to give a lesson. After each child has finished his or her improvisation, the other students should guess what he or she was pretending to be and then discuss briefly how such an occupation can contribute to the betterment of the world. To begin the exercise, you might wish to choose a child with strong drama skills who can provide an example for the others to follow.

CONTENT COMING SOON

CRAFT IDEAS
A Beautiful Piece Of Calligraphy

Our craft/art activity was inspired by today’s story on calligraphy. During the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the children in ‘Akka were taught to do calligraphy. One boy found it very hard to concentrate and patiently practice it, as he would rather go out and play. One day, he used all his willpower to persevere and produced a beautiful piece of calligraphy, so when it came around to show his work to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, he received praise for it and was the happiest boy in the world. But the following week, he hadn’t produced any more work to present and thought if he would show the same piece again, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá surely wouldn’t remember… But of course He did and commented on  the fact how closely this piece matched the one he showed last week…

We noticed that doing calligraphy takes a lot of patience, perseverance and care – and probably a lot of practice to become good at it. The perfect exercise in endurance and excellence 

We used the FREE FONTS FROM THIS SITE  to trace our names and practice a little calligraphy.

THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO PRACTICE CALLIGRAPHY
THERE ARE LOTS OF LOVELY IMAGES ON PINTEREST. HERE TO ARE SOME Baha’i CALLIGRAPHY

Notice how some calligraphy looks like shapes. We can take any shape and write in it for a similar look. Try using a free shape and write in it

After you have helped the children to review the quotation they memorized in this lesson, you can assist them in reciting the quotations below, which they learned in Grade 1, related to honesty and patience:

Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty

 Baha’u’llah

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience

Baha’u’llah
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MISSION OF PIECE

A PRECIOUS GIFT

LIFE’S BALANCING ACT

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

CLUES TO YOUR CAREER

YOUR CAREER ADVENTURE

POWERPOINT LESSON

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WORKING HARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL GRADE 2 LESSON 17

WELCOME

LESSON 17: WORKING HARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL

The last lesson was about service – and how we need to work hard and make an effort every day for the benefit of humanity. Taking ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the perfect Example, we see how there is no time to be idle (or bored!) One way to work for the benefit of all was through service. In this lesson, we will continue to learn by memorizing the quote and listening to the stories.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

We will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O, God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Quote for class to memorize
The ideas below will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they will learn today:

If we are to serve God and humanity, effort is required. We must be diligent and hard working. Like trees that give forth goodly and wondrous fruits for the benefit and enjoyment of all, we make effort and work for the good of those around us. And we know that God promises to assist our efforts. So we rise every day, turn our hearts to Him in prayer, and then set out, confident that His love surrounds us and eager to do what little we each can to make this world an earthly paradise. And at the end of each day, we think about what we have done and thank God for His aid and assistance, knowing that we will try even harder the next day. How sad if we waste the time we have been given in this world, and all the talents and capacities with which we each have been blessed, and do not use them in service to God’s loved ones.

Throughout His life, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was constantly active, working for the good of all. Early each morning He would make His round of visits to the inhabitants of ‘Akka. He would visit the elderly, the sick, and the suffering, seeing to their needs and offering them comfort and assistance. During the rest of the day, He would tend to the affairs of the Baha’i community. He would direct various projects, dictate letters, write, and receive visitors. People from all walks of life would bring their problems and concerns to Him, seeking His guidance and counsel. He would give them encouragement and advice and would help to ease their difficulties. Those who worked for the Master had difficulty keeping up with the fast pace of His busy life, but they were assisted and strengthened by His great spirit and words of encouragement. And we strive to follow ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s example and spend our time in active service to others.:,

To help us remember to always be working hard for the benefit of all, let us memorize the following quotation:

Waste not your time in idleness and sloth.  Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others

Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
Idleness

When Furio came home from school, he did his homework, then helped his mother and assisted his younger brothers and sisters with their studies. Furio did not rest for a single moment. He was never idle.

An old steam train ran through the town for many years but now it is no longer in use and sits idle by the side of the tracks.

Profit

Fei Li was very gifted at making crafts, which she had learned from her grandmother. Fei Liwanted to teach crafts to others so they could also develop the ability to make beautiful things. Fei Liwanted her talents to profit others.

The doctor looked at the old woman. He could see she was not well and told her that her health would improve if she spent more time in the sunshine. She would profit, he said, from taking a long walk outdoors every day.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Service To Humanity

His heart filled with the love of God, ‘Abdu’l-Baha spent every moment in service to humanity.  He is the perfect Example of how we should serve.  I would like to tell you a story about Abdu’l-Baha.

There once was a very proud man who did not understand the Station of ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha. One day, he approached Abdul-Baha in the street and said, “So, You are called the Servant of God.”  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha replied that, indeed, that was His name. The name ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha actually means ” Servant of Baha” or Servant of God.

“Well,” said the man proudly, “I am Moses.” Now, the man was referring to the Prophet of God, Moses, and it was not really his name at all. We will learn more about Moses next year when we study the lives of many of the Messengers of God, like Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, the Bab and Bahau’llah, but for today you need to know that Moses was one of the Messengers of God that came long before Baha’u’llah.

Why do you think he was calling himself Moses?

The man was trying to annoy ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha, but Abdul-Baha did not respond to his jest. Instead, He told the man to meet Him the next morning at the same spot on the street, and they would go together and serve the people like the great Moses had done.

The man agreed, and the next day from morning to evening he accompanied Abdul-Baha as He visited the sick and the suffering, served the needy and met with the people who were thirsty to receive His love and His wise counsel.

By evening, how do you think the man who called himself Moses was feeling? He was extremely tired. Yet, he would not let go of his pride, and when ‘Abdu’l-Baha asked him to accompany Him the next day, he accepted.

Again by the evening of the second day, the man was exhausted,  but he accepted to accompany  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha for yet another day.

On the third day when they returned from their arduous work, do you think he wanted to go again? No! The man could not bear the thought of working so hard, not even for another minute.

He had learned his lesson and had caught a glimpse of  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha’s greatness.  So as they went to part ways, and before  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha could  invite him for another  day  of  work,  the  man  said  with  great humility:  

” ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha,  tomorrow morning I will no longer be Moses. “

  • What can we learn from this story?
  • What are some examples of ways we can serve others in our daily lives? (ex. sharing with others the Word of God)
Download the story as a PDF HERE
Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

After the usual warm-up exercise, carry out one or two activities with the children that will strengthen their skills and abilities related to creative drama. They can then improvise in pairs a short scene that will help them gain further understanding of the theme of this lesson, working hard for the benefit of others. While all the children are seated, take them through the following scene, encouraging them to embellish it with their imaginations by asking them questions such as, “What do the characters look like?”, “What actions are they carrying out?”, and “What expressions are on their faces?”. In this way, you will assist them in working out the details of the scene before they begin their improvisations.

A king is traveling through the countryside and sees a very old man working in a field. The king is surprised to see such an old man so hard at work and asks the man what he is doing. The old man explains that he is planting fruit trees. The king inquires how long it will take for the trees to bear fruit. The old man tells him it will take a very long time, indeed, and that he will not live to taste the fruit from the trees he is planting. The king is confused. He wants to know why the old man is using his energy to grow fruit that he will never be able to eat. The old man smiles and explains that, in his life, he has eaten fruit from many trees that were planted by others and that he wanted to plant trees for the benefit of those who will come after him. The king is pleased with this answer and gives the old man a gold coin. The old man smiles and tells the king that the trees did not take so long to bear fruit after all. He has hardly finished planting them and already they have brought him a reward from the king.

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CRAFT IDEAS
BIRD FEEDERS

As a craft we made some lovely little bird feeders – reminding ourselves, that we can extend our service to include the animal kingdom too  Cut out from egg cartons, decorated and attached with some string, they hand in the trees, full of breadcrumbs for the birds to feed on

SERVICE PROJECT IDEAS

Make a cupcake out of socks and send to a retirement home. We did this and it was so well received. My photo is lost but here is the original video we based it on. The second time we did this project, we purchased cupcake liners as time was short, and did not make our own. You will need stiff cardstock liners if you go looking, not the regular paper ones.

Wash rag in a small flowerpot: this one was so easy we did not use felt but used green tissue paper to surround the flower like a gift

AN ENDLESS CARD

Service to humanity is a daily endeavor. we don’t stop. with this in mind, let us make an endless card. they are cool and moderately easy. I will try to upload one related to less soon. In the meantime take a look and maybe you can send me YOUR template and photo to add to this craft!

SOME MORE IDEAS

Make Things For Your Community:

Knit scarves or hats for families in shelters.

Bake cookies and snacks for food pantries.

It is suggested that you review with the children the quotation they memorized from
today’s lesson, after which you can help them recite the following quotations that they learned in
Grade 1 about faithfulness and truthfulness:

Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high endeavor and hath arisen to serve this Cause

Bahá’u’lláh

Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues

‘Abd’u’l-Bahá
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MUSIC: BOTTLE OF SUNSHINE

AGENT OF SERVICE

CHANGING THE WORLD

BE GRAPE-FUL

POWERPOINT LESSON PLAN

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LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE RUHI BOOK 3 G2 L16

WELCOME

LESSON 16: LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE

The next 3 lessons are about devoting our lives to service.

What does that mean: to devote our lives to service? How do we even start to do this with so much going on in our lives every day? 

The first step in this process is to live a virtuous life.

What exactly does living a virtuous life mean?

By reading the story, and learning the prayer and quote in the next three lessons, we will begin to understand how we can devote our lives to service. We can then also understand what service is and how we can serve every day of our lives.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
The following ideas will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they are expected to learn today

God loves us and always wants us to be near Him. One way that we are able to draw nearer to God is through service. We serve God when we serve His loved ones. There are many ways in which we can serve our fellow human beings. We can, for example, visit the sick, help those in need, and share what we learn with others. We should strive to serve all people, whether rich or poor, friends or strangers.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was our perfect Exemplar. He showed us what it means to walk a path of service to humanity.  His entire life was dedicated to helping other people. In fact, His very name means “Servant of God”. He was never concerned for His own needs or comfort. He did not seek after wealth or power. He never wanted any titles or recognition. His only desire was to serve God and humanity. “My station is the station of servitude,” He often told the friends. This is the highest station-to place oneself in the service of others. This is the station that we are all trying to achieve. What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul. What greater honor than to be seen as a true servant of God and humanity. That we may all follow in the ways of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, let us memorize the following quotation:

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

‘Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
Dedicate

Dervi always pays close attention during art class and spends many hours preparing herself for each class. Dervi dedicates much of her time to the arts.

Hung Wei’s father has a vegetable garden. Everyday Hung Wei helps his father weed and water the garden. Hung Wei is dedicated to helping his father.

Service

Mumbi, Apiyo and Tocho cleaned the schoolyard after the storm had left it full of broken branches and leaves from the trees. They were happy to render this service to the school.

Sachiko walks four kilometers to give a children’s class. She is happy to walk this far each week because she wants nothing more than to be of service to the community.

Human race

At school we saw pictures of people from many different countries. All of these people belong to the human race.

The museum has musical instruments from all over the world. Looking at their many shapes and sizes, the children were reminded of both the diversity of the human race and of the love of people everywhere for music.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story On How To Serve

You can remind the children of the story of Lua Getsinger they heard in Lesson 2 regarding prayer and then tell them the following story about her, which will help illustrate for them what it means to be a servant of God.

You remember from our lesson on prayer that Lua Getsinger was one of the early Bahai’s in the West who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the prison-city of ‘Akka. One day during her visit, the Master took her aside and explained to her that He had many pressing matters to attend to and would not be able to call upon a friend who was very sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take some food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing.

Lua learned the address of the man and immediately set off to do as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had entrusted her with a task that He would usually have carried out Himself. But, only a short while later, she returned to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master, “she exclaimed, “surely you cannot realize to what a terrible place you sent me. I almost fainted from the awful stench, the filthy rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I fled lest I contract some terrible disease.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her sadly and sternly. If she wanted to serve God, He explained, she must serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the sick man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things for His friend many times, and she should be able to do them this once, He told her with firmness. That is how Lua learned an important lesson about what it means to serve her fellow human beings.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

This period of the class can begin with the usual stretching exercise. You may then lead the class in the next set of activities related to the theme of this lesson, that is, the spirit of service. Explain to the children that today they will improvise a situation that will help them gain further understanding of what it means to serve humanity. Divide the youngsters into groups of three and then describe the following scenario for them:

Ask the children to imagine that they arrive home one day and their mother tells them that their aunt is sick. Their mother has prepared some soup for her, and the children ask whether they can take it to their aunt and look after her for a while. Their kind offer brings joy to their mother’s heart, and the three children set off with the pot of soup. Have the children show you how they would carry the soup carefully to the aunt’s house, making sure not to spill it. When they arrive at the house, they greet their aunt and inquire after her health. First, they take care of her needs. Ask the children to tell you what specific things they would do for her. Perhaps she is cold and needs more blankets, or requires water or a book, and they bring these things to her. They can demonstrate for you how they would carry out these tasks. Next, they look around the aunt’s house to see what chores need to be done, for example, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or doing the laundry, and they practice performing these tasks. Once they are familiar with all the elements of the scenario, each of the groups can act it out in its entirety.

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CRAFT IDEAS
We read earlier: What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul…

There are many ways to bring joy. here are some suggestions:

  1. Bake a cake or make cookies for someone who is ill or sad.
  2. Send a card, or make one and send it.
  3. Help someone with a task they are struggling with
  4. Pick flowers or buy flowers and take them to someone who needs cheering up
  5. Can you sing or play an instrument? then why not do so to bring joy to the heart of a friend?
Make Yummy Cookies

This is also posted on my old blog Here

The first cookie is known as Christmas Crack: don’t let the name scare you away. This cookie takes 5 minutes and is one of my cheating recipes, i.e. you do not make it all from scratch but use a prepared ingredient, in this case, saltine crackers.

The first time I heard of using salt crackers in a cookie I was not interested but think “salted caramel” and it is close to what magic happens in this recipe.

This cookie has semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips melted on top of salt crackers that have been covered in caramel.

The second recipe I found in a children’s cookbook years ago and again the name scares you away: Fat Albert! The base for this cookie is graham crackers again a caramel covering and lots of sliced almonds.

Use: To give to someone the gladden their hearts.

We are thinking of using cookies in little cellophane bags for table decorations. I also make these for Naw-Rúz to have on hand when we have visitors.

Age: Some of this can be “done” by children age 3 and up. All ages can help eat!

Time 10 minutes

Christmas Crack and Fat Alberts are the same measurements for the ingredients except for the fact that one uses almonds and the other chocolate. The cook time and temperature are also the same so the directions below are for both.

Christmas Crack Ingredients

28-30 Saltine Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Fat Albert Ingredients

28-30 Graham Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Directions for both:

  1. Heat the oven to 400F (200 C)
  2. Cover the cookie sheet with graham crackers for Fat Alberts or saltine crackers for Christmas Crack crackers should be touching.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan.
  4. Stir in the sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over all the crackers (graham or saltine)
  6. For Fat Alberts: sprinkle the almonds now.
  7. bake for 5 to 8 minutes until bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven
  9. For Christmas Crack immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips and as they start to melt use a spatula to spread over the surface. try to cover all the surface and you can also let it seep in between the crackers.
  10. Let cool and then break into squares.

TIP: I cut both sugar and butter to 3/4 cup without the taste or look of the cookie being affected.

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Make a musical instrument

Making musical instruments from items around the house is easy. Zing instruments blog has some easy ideas. It is sure to cheer the heart of someone. Have fun!

Flowers

We have made so many flowers in the past I am sure you are all experts. Here are a few easy flowers to make if you need them:

BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE HAS A CRAFT SAVING FOR SERVICE

The link is here

Here are some other ideas for making a bank to save up for service:
Coin Bank Made from any type of can with a plastic lid

here

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

comic book template

You can review with the children the quotation from today’s lesson, before helping them to recite the following passages they memorized in Grade 1 regarding the purity of heart and sincerity:

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart

 Baha’u’llah

We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

SAVING FOR SERVICE

WE CAN MOVE THE WORLD (MUSIC)

LUA GETSINGER (STORY)

WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE STYLE

COOKING UP ACTION

POWERPOINT LESSON PLAN

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Devoting One’s Life To Service Ruhi book 3 Grade 2 Set 6

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2 SET 6

THE THREE LESSONS IN THIS SET ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. LESSON 16: Living a Virtuous Life
  2. LESSON 17: Working Hard for the Benefit of All
  3. LESSON 18: Working in a Spirit of Service

THE PRAYER WE WILL BE MEMORIZING IS:

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might  and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously  assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

EACH LESSON WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT QUOTE TO MEMORIZE

LESSON 16

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 17

Waste not your time in idleness and sloth.  Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others.

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 18

It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation – such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God

Baha’u’llah
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BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE G2 L15

WELCOME

LESSON 15:BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE

True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship, we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning. What a blessing to have many true friends.

Of course, sometimes friends (and we) make mistakes. and we may feel sadness in our hearts – but we can be forgiving. When our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, we can forgive and the sadness goes away.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.

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Quote for class to memorize
The following ideas will assist you in presenting the quotation that the children are expected to memorize today:


True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their
wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning.

What a blessing to have many true friends. Of course, sometimes a friend makes a mistake, and we may feel sadness in our heart, but
we remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was always forgiving, and so we are forgiving too. And when our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, the sadness goes away. You know there are times when you make mistakes, and your friend is forgiving to you. What is important is that you both know neither would ever want to bring sadness to the heart of the other. It was the wish of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that no soul should ever be hurt or grieved. There is no greater gift, He told us, than bringing joy to another heart. “I beg of God,” He prayed, “that ye will be bringers of joy, even as are the angels in Heaven.” That we may form such loving bonds of friendship with many souls,let us memorize the following quotation:

….strive ye with all your might to create, through the power of the Word of God, genuine love, spiritual communion and durable bonds among individuals

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Genuine

The bag looked like it was made of leather, but it was really made of a plastic material. The bag was not made of genuine leather.

Some rings only look like they are gold, but the king’s ring is genuine. It is gold with a beautiful red stone.

Durable

When choosing a fabric to make her children’s clothes, Mrs. Singh looked for one that would not tear easily. She chose a durable fabric that would last a long time.

The wheels on a tractor are big and thick so that they can go over rocks and dirt easily and still work fine. The wheels on a tractor are durable.

Bond

A dog often feels an attachment to its master. There is a special bond between a dog and its master.

There is a strong bond between a mother whale and her young calf, and they stay close together for long distances in the ocean, with the mother feeding the calf and protecting it from enemies.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A STORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF FRIENDSHIP
Here is a folktale about a mountain and a meadow that will help the children to think about the nature of friendship.

Once there was a mountain whose peak was so high that it might have been the tallest mountain in the world. It was so tall that the clouds were its only company. But the mountain enjoyed playing with its big billowing friends! And the clouds, too, were happy to gather around the mountain’s snowy peak. Sometimes they would laugh so heartily that they would cry, raining tears on the earth below.

Then one hot summer the mountain found itself alone for many days. Not a single cloud could be seen in the sky, and the mountain felt very sad, missing its blustering friends. “Why don’t the clouds run and play in your big bright blueness anymore?” it asked the wide sky.

“They have all gone to the kingdom of winter, very far from here,”

the sky replied.

“They will not return until the end of summer. “

“But I miss them so much!” cried the mountain with a sigh. “Maybe I should go to the winter kingdom as well and visit my friends. “

“You are a mountain,” the sky said firmly. “Mountains are heavy and cannot fly as the clouds can. You must remain in the same place. “

Now the mountain became very sad indeed and started to cry. Huge tears ran down its face, and soon streams and rivers were flowing from its snowy peak. Then something wonderful happened. The dried, cracked soil in the plain far below began to drink up the mountain’s tears. Before long, the plain was covered in fresh green growth.

The grateful plain called up to the mountain. “Kind mountain!” it said, “Thank you for saving me from a terrible fate! Your pure water has healed all my wounds. Look at how it has helped me!”

The mountain was so surprised that it stopped crying. Until then nobody had ever spoken to the mountain from below. It looked down and gasped when it saw the flourishing green meadow, shining and fresh.  To see its beauty made the mountain content. How happy it was to have found a new friend in the meadow.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students stretch as usual in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to do the following, first with a sad look on their faces: sweeping the floor, building a table, helping someone to find something he or she has lost on the floor, climbing a ladder to pick some fruit from a tree, washing dishes, making soup. Next, ask them to go through the same movements, but this time with happy expressions.

Ask the children to act out the following to show how they would be a good friend:

A young boy learns that one of his friends is not feeling well

A little girl notices her friend is sad

One child in the class sees that another is afraid of the dark

A young girl learns that her friend has done something wrong

The next set of activities is again related to the theme of today’s lesson, that true friends care for each other. Divide the students into groups of three and explain to them that they are going to improvise a story based on the following situation:

Naw-Ruz, the Bahai new year, is a few weeks away, and the community is planning to have a special celebration. Sarah, Marion and Marco have been working especially hard to prepare a children’s program. One day Marion and Marco wait for Sarah so that they can continue their work, but she does not arrive. Later they inquire after her and find out that she has fallen down and hurt her ankle, and the doctor has told her to stay off of it for a while. At first Marion and Marco are worried about the children’s program. How will they finalize everything without Sarah’s help? But then they think of Sarah and realize how sad she will be if her ankle does not heal fast enough for her to participate in the program. They remember the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha that the best way to help those who are not well is to bring joy to their hearts. So Marion and Marco decide to visit Sarah every day to cheer her up. By the time Naw-Ruz arrives, Sarah’s ankle is fine and the three friends together carry out the program for which they have worked so hard.

To help the children begin their improvisations, ask them what they think Marion and Marco did when they visited Sarah. How did they bring joy to her heart? Did they continue, for example, to plan the program with her during their visits?

ALTERNATIVE

Sit in a big circle and pass around various every-day items (a ball, remote control, pen, piece of fabric, etc) – each child, in turn, has to pretend this object to be of a certain use (fabric – this is my hanky, my blanket, my apron, my turban, etc). 

CONTENT TO BE ADDED

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CRAFT IDEAS

CRAFT: SEND A POST CARD

This site allows you to sign up and send a postcard to a refugee.

Friendship bracelet:

I am sure most of you have made lots of friendship bracelets. maybe, you can help others in your class make one?

If you have not made friendship bracelets in the past. here is one link you can visit. This one is another

Friendship House
Foam Heart

Make a foam heart necklace here

Easy craft ideas

This website has so many ideas: rock painting, bracelets and more

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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Brilliant Star Magazine

PAPER AIRPLANE

WILD FOR BIO DIVERSITY

MAP YOUR FUTURE

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues

 Baha’u’llah

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

HOW WARM IS YOUR WELCOME?

BACK FROM THE BRINK

RILEYS RAINFOREST

MUSIC: TREBLE CHEF

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BEING TRUSTWORTHY G2 L14

WELCOME

LESSON 14: BEING TRUSTWORTHY

What does trusting another person looks like? Here are some ideas of what a trustworthy person looks like to start with. A person you can trust:

  • Tells the truth
  • Honors his/ her promises to another
  • Obeys the rules and laws even when no one is looking
  • Is honest (would never steal, cheat, or lie)
  • Is wise (He/she listens carefully to others and gives advice that is helpful to others.)

What does trusting in God look like?

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 14 and 15 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.  O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command

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Quote for class to memorize
You can use the following explanation to help you present today’s quotation to the children:


True friends trust each other. A trustworthy person is honest and truthful and can be
counted on to keep his or her word. True friends know that they can rely on each other to do what is right, that one would never lie to the other or deceive him or her in any way. They see what is good in each other and do not focus on their shortcomings and faults. Of course, they know that their friend may sometimes make a mistake, but they show forgiveness and kindness to their friend. Each wants to help the other to do what is pleasing in the sight of God; a true friend is careful not to ask us to do that which is
unacceptable before God. The trust that is shared between two friends becomes stronger and stronger the more they know each other. We are, of course, kind and courteous to all people and look for the good in everyone, but the bonds of trust that exist between friends are strengthened over time, as each shows that he or she is worthy of the trust of the other and wants what is best for him or her.
We should all be trustworthy and learn to choose friends who are trustworthy, those who wish to please God, who are striving to follow His path, and who will help us to stay on the straight path. We should not allow ourselves to be cheated or deceived by those who are not trustworthy. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was the essence of kindness and courtesy, but He never allowed those who were dishonest or deceitful to take advantage of His kindness. Once a driver who brought ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to a meeting in his carriage demanded an unfair price for the ride. The Master paid what He rightly owed to the driver and told him that, had he been honest, he would have received a handsome tip as well. Trust is a special bond between friends, and we should take care not to do anything to break it. So that we each remember the importance of being a true and trustworthy friend, let us memorize the following quotation:

O ye beloved of the Lord! Commit not that which defileth the limpid stream of love or destroyeth the sweet fragrance of friendship

‘BAHA’U’LLAH
MEANING OF WORDS
Commit

When one is learning how to write, one will surely make a few errors. It is not unusual to commit errors when one is learning how to write.

Portia does her best to obey the laws of God.  She does not want to commit any act that would displease Him.

Defile

The garden had once been beautiful, but some of the people who visited it left garbage and litter when they departed. The visitors defiled the garden with garbage they left.

The stream always ran clear and clean from the mountain. But a lot of chemicals and waste have been dumped into it recently. The stream has been defiled by waste being dumped into it.

Limpid

The water in the pond was perfectly clear, and it was possible for Timothy to see many fish swimming along its bottom. Timothy could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.

The water from the well is very clean and pure. Everyone felt refreshed to drink from the limpid waters of the well.

Destroy

The young boy built a huge castle out of sand on the seashore, but when a wave came in and covered it, the castle was completely destroyed.

The farmers built a dam to stop the river from flooding onto their crops during the rainy season. Without the dam, their crops would be destroyed by the floods.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Damon and Pythias

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity. WRITTEN AS A SCRIPT BELOW

CAST

  • Narrator
  • King Dionysius:
  • Pythias:
  • Damon

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity.

Narrator: Ever since they were children, Damon and Pythias had been friends. They played together and studied  together and shared many of their thoughts with each other. They were so close that they trusted each other completely. Theirs was a true friendship; they would do anything to help each other.

Now, Damon and Pythias traveled to a city called Syracuse, which had a powerful king named Dionysius. There Pythias began giving public speeches that called into question the king’s unlimited power. Any king who took power without the permission of the people was an unjust tyrant, he told the crowds that stopped to listen. When he learned of Pythias’ growing  influence among his people, Dionysius became convinced that he was trying to overthrow him. Angry and fearful, the king had Pythias and his friend Damon brought before him.

Dionysius: questioning Pythias says: “Why are you causing unrest among the people?”

Pythias: “There is nothing wrong in what I do, “I speak only the truth. “

Dionysius: “I do not believe you. You are trying to overthrow me. Tell the people you were not speaking the truth.”

Pythias: “Iwill not.

Dionysius: “Then you must die. What is your last request?”

Pythias: I would like to be allowed to return to my family to say good-bye and put my things in order.

Dionysius scoffed at him: “I would be a fool to let you leave Syracuse and expect you to return.

Pythias: I give you my word that I will return.

Narrator:But the king would not hear of it.

Just then Damon breaks in

Damon: “Pythias will return if you keep me as your prisoner while he is away, and if he breaks his promise, you may kill me instead. Surely you have heard of our friendship. You must believe, as I do, that Pythias would never allow his friend to be executed in his place.”

Dionysius:Hmmm. Let me think about this.  Ok.  I accept this unusual proposal, but I give you a warning. Pythias must return by a week from tomorrow; otherwise Damon will be killed.

Narrator: As the days passed and Pythias did not return, the king was sure that Damon would regret his selfless act. He decided to visit Damon in jail to see whether he thought himself a fool for trusting Pythias.

Dionysius: How are you feeling Damon? Pythias has not come back yet. 

Damon: (said confidently) “Pythias must be delayed. He will return. “

Dionysius:  laughing scornfully,  “We shall see.”

Narrator: On the appointed day, Pythias still had not returned. The king had Damon brought before the executioner.

Dionysius: “The time has arrived, and yet your friend has not come for you.  What do you say now? “

Damon calmly replied, “I trust my friend completely. “

At that very moment, the doors opened and a bruised and breathless Pythias staggered into the room towards Damon’s open arms.  

Pythias: Thank God, you are still alive! I was afraid I would not reach here in time. My ship was wrecked in a storm and bandits attacked me on the road, but still I could not give up hope that I would make it. ” Turning to the king,  I am ready to die.

Narrator: The king was so astonished by the fidelity and steadfast trust of the two friends that he could not bring himself to carry out the unjust execution.

Dionysius: “Never in my life have I seen such devotion and faith in friendship. Because you have shown me that I was wrong to have doubted you, I have decided to pardon you Pythias-on one condition. “

Pythias and Damon say together: “What is that?”

Dionysius: That you teach me how to be such a friend.”

From “Stories About‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Gloria Faizi.

One day a woman came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with her sorrows. As she told her story,‘Abdu’l-Bahá tried to calm her and said, “Don’t be sad now, don’t be sad.”

The Woman said, “My brother has been in prison for three years. He should not have been imprisoned because it was not his fault. He was weak and followed others. He will be in prison for four more years. My mother and father are full of sorrow all the time. My brother-in-law used to take care of us, but he has just died.”

The Master could see the whole human story. Here was a family which was experiencing every form of misery-they were poor, they were weak, they were sad, disgraced, and without any hope whatsoever.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You must trust in God.”

“But,” the woman cried, “the more I trust, the worse things become!”

“You have never trusted,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

“But my mother is reading the Bible all of the time,” she said. “She does not deserve that God should leave her so helpless! I read the Bible myself; I say the 91st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm every night before I go to bed. I pray too.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her lovingly and said, “To pray is not to read the Bible. To pray is to trust in God and accept His Will. You must be patient and accept the Will of God, then things will change for you. Put your family in God’s hands. Trust in God and love His Will. Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”

Draw any part of the story

GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students do the stretching exercise in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to change from: an elephant into a mouse, a snake into a lion, a frog into a horse, a fish into a whale, a ballet dancer into a football player, an old man or lady into a young boy or girl.

Now ask the children to pursue their lips together and say: 0000 00000 000000.

Tell them to take a deep breath and see how long they can make it last: 00000000 00000000000000000000000

Ask them to make a short sharp sound: a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a.

Now tell them to put the two sounds  together:  00000  a.a.a.  ooa.  ooa.a. oooooooooa. oa. ooooa. ooa.a.a.a.a.

Let the children experiment with making different combinations, and then divide the youngsters into pairs. Tell them to use only these sounds, “oooo” and “a”, to talk to each other in the following situations:

  • Two children are trading marbles for crayons.
  • Two children are bathing a puppy.
  • One child is teaching another to skip.
  • A mother is getting a child ready for school.
  • Two people are harvesting com.
  • A child is telling a bus driver that he or she has no money.
  • Someone who is lost is asking someone else for directions.

Divide into groups- one teacher with one and the other teacher with another To help the children gain further understanding of the theme of this lesson-that true friends trust each other-you may wish to have them re-enact the story of Damon and Pythias. Depending on the number of children in your class and the time available, you could either divide them into groups for this purpose or have all the children participate in one large re-enactment. In the latter case, some of the children could be part of the crowd to whom Pythias spoke or members of the king’s court,while others could be Damon’s jailers or the bandits that attacked Pythias. Bring children all back together first and then: Following the re-enactment, you could ask the children a few questions such as:

  • Why was Damon willing to be in prison for his friend?
  • Why did Damon trust that Pythias would return?
  • Why was the king astonished when Pythias returned for the execution?
  • What qualities did Pythias demonstrate by returning as he did?
  • Why do you think the king changed his mind about the execution?
  • What do you think Damon and  Pythias could teach the king about friendship?
AN EXERCISE IN TRUST
  1. In pairs, one blindfolded and the other one is to lead him to somewhere e.g tree, and let him feel the tree.  Change over.
  2. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield. 

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CRAFT IDEAS
Based on the second story where ‘Abdu’l-Baha says: Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!

Make/ paint/ draw a ship sailing on the waves and add the phrase “Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!”

some ideas below:

Easy paper boat picture website here and here
Make a card to thank someone for being a person you can trust.

The card does not have to be given to anyone: Although that is very nice. It can honor those who have died or people whose names or addresses are unknown. A display can be made of the cards and include “People we would like to thank for being trustworthy.”

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience

 Baha’u’llah

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart . . .

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

GROWING GOOD FRIENDS

FRIENDLY TEASING OR BULLYING

SAFE LANDING

LI AND THE EMPERORS SEEDS

CROSSING THE CREEK

POWERPOINT

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